So as if we didn’t know already after Tuesday’s Lincoln City outing, Notts County will be “plying their trade” (so they say) in League One as of next season!
Today’s 4-1 scoreline flattered the team in fairness. Morecambe always looked sharp on the attack, causing the County defence some unease on a number of occasions, particularly in the opening stages. Despite their early statement of intent they were unfortunate to find themselves trailing 3-0 inside the first 20 minutes.
Craig Westcarr’s ever improving form in the County shirt was on show once more when his inch perfect cross found Lee Hughes free to head home on six minutes, Morecambe ‘keeper Barry Roche rooted to the spot. The early strike was just the thing the carnival atmosphere inside the Lane had deserved and would’ve eased any nerves from those looking to see County continue their charge towards the League Two title.
Just seven minutes later, and Notts found themselves 2-0 up! Ricky Ravenhill finding himself free to smash home the ball from 20 yards into the top corner in a blatant goal of the season contender.
The scoreboard looked fantastic for such an early point in the game. More so with 17 minutes gone after Lee Hughes put away his second of the day, slotting past Roche into the ‘keeper’s bottom left corner. As if the Kop had needed any further incentive to keep up the atmosphere, the starting XI on the pitch were certainly doing their part for proceedings.
The Kop was (as ever) in full voice from start to finish, incredible atmosphere, something every Notts County should witness by the seasons end.
The second half was a more subtle affair. County taking their foot off the gas and allowing Morecambe back into the game with a soft consolation. This only served as the catalyst for County to fight back a little more. Ben Davies restoring the three goal cushion at the second attempt.
The final whistle’s celebrations were somewhat muted considering this was the club’s first promotion in 12 years. I can only assume that the real celebrations had been done after Tuesday night’s game. The final whistle feels even more damp in retrospect after i came home to see pitch invasions and fantastic scenes with Norwich City and Rochdale fans.
Ray Trew told me himself he wants to leave the pitch invasion until we’ve won the title, so i’m prepared to wait!
All eyes now turn to Tuesday’s first versus second encounter against Rochdale. Keith Hill is on record this evening as saying if Rochdale don’t catch us, the taxman will? Thanks very much Mr Hill! Ask your opposite numbers at the likes of Bury and Lincoln how speaking ill of us in the press works…